Feeding Wildlife: UWEC’s Task Made Easier with COVID 19 Donations

Blanketed in jungles, fringed by nature, Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education center is the largest and only Zoo and acquarium in the East and Central Africa.

UWEC is located along the shoreline of the lake, with up to 600 bird, animal and reptile species.

Today, UWEC abundant Wildlife and thriving serenity with great sorrounding drives tourists from far and near to learn more about Wild species.

The animals offer magnificent tourism while the reptiles are a sigh from no other. The birds, offer a beautiful romantic experience for couples to spend time for a Holiday in the wild.

However, the epi center for Ugandas tourism is also set back the thriving power of the world pandemic! The Corona Virus Disease.

The tourists, can no longer visit the education center and gate collections can’t be made.

The gate collections are used to supplement the feeding process for the wild.

“Without them, we are susceptible to starvation of the animals, the withering of birds and the anger in reptiles which is dangerous,” says James Musinguzi the Executive Director, Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Center.

Luckily, the set back has been maneuvered by donations from Friends of nature and the wild.

On Tuesday morning, a truck fully loaded with vegetables, tubers, fruits and 67 trays of eggs from two members of the Indian Association Uganda arrived at the center.

With gratitude, the center was relieved by Jayeshbai Sharma of Bapshree Impax Limited and Purna Chandra Das of Kaliro Sugar Limited.

The birds, including the grey parrots, the chimpanzes and monkeys will feed on eggs.

Giraffes, Chimps, Ostritches and antelopes feed on vegetables while the fruits are for chimps, monkeys, parrots, and the big elephant.

“The Buffaloes prefer the tubers as supplements.” Says Eric Ntalo, the Public Relations Officer – UWEC.

This according to James Musinguzi, UWEC’s team leader will move a long way in feeding Uganda’s tourism resources, supplementing prior donations from a range of stakeholders.

Government of Uganda too contributed up to UGX 756 million to the animal feeding.

“We are grateful to all stakeholders for this support.”

Musinguzi adds that the enter, even during the Lockdown period has productively initiated new ideas that would advance Uganda’s tourism development. The initiative will be unveiled immediately after the lock down.

With more than a million local and international visitors annually, the UWEC serves as a center for excellence in animal keeping, tourism and Wildlife.

It provides education and information on all wild species that make Uganda the best tourism destination in the East and Central Africa.


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